Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Details of Reversible Star Bracelet

Here are closeup pictures of what each side of my new bracelet looks like.

Reversible Star Bracelet

Here is my newest bracelet - the Reversible Star Bracelet. It is made using Right Angle Weave, which is then embellished with seed beads and 3mm Swarovski crystals. I used a beautiful Swarovski button for the closure. Side one is an emerald green color; side two is rust. This bracelet will go perfect with my sweater that I am knitting, using my hand dyed merino yarn.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Prints on Paper

Here are four prints that I worked on, simultaneously with the fabric shown earlier, but these were printed on Rives BFK printmaking paper. Each print was over-printed one time to make it more complex looking.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Deconstructed Screen Printing - Washers Series

This was the first of my series done this week, from a screen that I placed various sizes of washers on the thickened dye. I over-printed the entire piece, which in the end I decided was not the best approach. However, there are many small areas, as shown below, that can be cut up and collaged onto a ground cloth.

So much to do - so little time. LOL!!!

Circle Series

The screen for this series was made by impressing two different sizes of bubble wrap into the thickened dye, along with a plastic tray that had rows of circles on the bottom of it. I used various blue, purple, red and black thickened dyes on it.


Each of these four pieces were over-printed, rotating the screen to get slightly different patterns.

Feather Series

Here are fabrics I created earlier this week, when working in my friend Janet's studio. I just love this process of screen printing and have discovered so many things through this unique process. I will be using this technique to continue my new body of textiles.

The Feather series was printed using a screen prepared with sea gull feathers that I gathered along the beach, during one of our walks earlier this week. Where they were impressed in the thickened dye, allowed them to print first, as the remaining dye and its texture broke down with each pass of the squeegee.

Detail #1

Detail #2

Each one is similar, but as more and more dye breaks down, the next print changes in both color and pattern.

I love the halos that occur around each shape as the solid areas of dye act as a resist and the outer edges break down and print.

I plan to collage these on a dyed or painted linen ground cloth and then embellish them with hand stitiching. My plan is to hang them, so that they drape as a textile. Presentation is always the most difficult part of the process, especially when I really don't see these being finished into an art quilt. Although, things can evolve in mysterious ways!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Vacation pictures

Here is a collage that I made from my favorite pictures, while on vacation earlier this week, at my friend Janet's house. Her gardens are beautiful! We had a fabulous time working in her studio, exploring more of the deconstructed screen printing. I will be photographing my work today and posting them later.

Saturday, September 09, 2006


Today is my birthday and I am now on vacation!!! I am visiting an artist friend, Janet Carlson, in New Hampshire for three days of creative fun and relaxation. Check back later this week for posts on what I have created in her studio.

As a birthday present to myself, I am going to attend North Country Studio Workshops in Vermont, January 2007. I will be studying with Joan Schulze.

I also registered to take Dorothy Caldwell's workshop, "A Book of Marks" at QSDS in June, 2007. I really love hand stitching and want to delve into this form of markmaking in my new body of textiles.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Deconstructed Discharge Printing

This past weekend I tried some deconstructed screen printing, after getting motivated from a recent workshop by Kerr Grabowski at PRO Chem, along with the booklet, "Breakdown Printing", from Jane Dunnewold's complexcloth.com web site.

All three pieces are printed on commercial black fabrics. I plan to dye my own blacks and pursue this process on my own hand-dyes.

Cotton Classic from JoAnn's with a detail

Hoffman Black with a detail

Black linen with a detail.